What is a capsule wardrobe?
It means paring down the amount of clothes you have to anything from 25 - 37 (depending on the author) items of clothing that you love and all match with each other. I am no clothes horse (much more of a nail polish/stamping addict) but I often find myself standing in front of a closet full of clothes saying I have nothing to wear!
Thus the appeal of a closet full of clothes all ready for mixing and matching in a multitude of ways!
The first thing I did was pull out anything remotely spring-like and pile it up on the bed. Then I went through and got rid of anything that didn't look too good anymore, didn't fit or I just didn't like! Most blogs recommend 3 piles, keep, undecided and toss/donate. The undecided pile are things you don't want to get rid of for one reason or another but don't really match or fit in your capsule. These go in a box for a while and if still unworn and not missed, they go!
I had read about and liked the 3-month capsule idea so anything that was definitely summer or winter went back under the bed. Then I found a few items that had seen better days, toss! A few more items that no longer fit or flattered went to the donation pile. Straight away I could see a trend emerging... green. I like green but never realised I had so much green clothing. All that was left was to find out what else would fit in and match. I wear a lot of skirts so this is the wardrobe that suited my needs (never mind the wrinkles!)...
I am no fashionista so doing this experiment has (hopefully) helped me to dress more intentionally and rediscover my style. I liked everything left in my closet and haven't felt bored at all with the choices. Not everyone is the same, and some would need more colour choice or different items of clothing but I learned in this case less really is more and my mornings have become much less stressful in terms of getting dressed!
Starting July my new summer capsule will come into effect and I can't wait! I have begun the process of deciding what will be in it and am looking for a few pieces to supplement what I already have.
What does this have to do with nails?
Ok, I did promise this was nail-related didn't I? As a side effect of this trial, I discovered that I could paint my nails black, white and/or greens and they would always match my outfit! Normally I tend to paint my nails in the evenings and won't necessarily know what I will be wearing over the next few days but now I can match. It doesn't bother me if my nails don't go with what I am wearing but it has been nice to be coordinated :) Many of my green polishes have finally been used and it has given me a starting point of inspiration. I have had to get a bit creative and did things like water marbling, gradients and stamping.
Here are a few of my mani's over the last 3 months: